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A new book by a Class of 1990 alumnus has received praise from one of the authors of the enormously popular "Chicken Soup for the..." series.

The Attention-Deficit Workplace: Winning Strategies for Success in Today's Fast-Paced Business Environment, by Mitch Thrower '90, was chosen as Book of the Week recently in Tom Hill's "Eaglezine" electronic newsletter. Hill stated that Thrower "takes readers on a breezy, insightful journey filled with lessons on how to successfully navigate the attention-deficit maze that is so familiar in today's workplace."

Thrower, a self-described "serial entreprenuer," has completed 13 Ironman triathlons and started several successful businesses. Hill states, "Today's executive is like a sprinter poised at the beginning of the race. He or she sends an e-mail, takes a speakerphone conference call, signs a contract to close a deal, practicing the balance of office yoga, all the while nursing a morning latte gone cold. These simultaneous demands placed on the executive are an inevitable part of managerial life that can lead to either stress or success."

The book's chapters include:

  • How to persuade others to accept and implement your ideas
  • How to handle office romances
  • How to manage your personal "ATM" (Attention Time Machine)
  • How to make multitasking more effective
  • How to handle office nuisances such as "spam people"
  • How to get your resume noticed
  • How to manage the daily onslaught of e-mails
  • How to avoid stress and workplace conflict
  • How to make multitasking work more effectively for you

    At St. Lawrence, Thrower was president of the senior class, and he holds an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego, where he is "entrepreneur in residence."

    For more information about Thrower and the book, visit the Attention Deficit Workplace Web site.

    Posted: July 13, 2005


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